Voters in Albuquerque go to the polls today to elect two city councilors and decide on several ballot measures, including a proposed tax increase to fund the BioPark.
Here’s some context from the Albuquerque Journal:
Two City Council seats are up for election – enough to determine whether Republicans can reclaim the 5-4 edge they held throughout most of Mayor Richard Berry’s six-year tenure. The mayor is also a Republican.
Democrats, in turn, have a chance to push their narrow majority to a 6-3 advantage – enough to override mayoral vetoes – if they can defeat the council’s longest-serving member, Republican Brad Winter, in the conservative Northeast Heights. He faces Israel Chávez, a young Democrat.
You can also learn more about the proposed bonds, charter amendments, and the tax increase — which would fund the zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens and Tingley Beach, from the League of Women Voters.